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Toyman last won the day on April 17 2019

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About Toyman

  • Rank
    Advanced Member
  • Birthday 03/31/1966

Profile Information

  • Location
  • Main Riding Area
    District 6
  • Club
    Maple Leaf/Missing L
  • Sled
    2018 Sidewinder LTX-DX
  • Previous and/or Other Sleds
    2015 Viper LTX DX
    2010 Venture GT
  • 19/20 Mileage
    6161 kms
  • 18/19 Mileage
    9466 kms
  • 17/18 Mileage
    7510 kms
  • 16/17 Mileage
    6310 kms
  • 15/16 Mileage
    6085 kms
  • 14/15 Mileage
    6170 kms
  • 13/14 Mileage
    8263 kms
  • 12/13 Mileage
    2139 kms
  • Interests
    Firearms, Motorcycles, Snowmobiles, ATV's, Hunting, Fishing, Camping, Canoeing, and after all that, drinking!
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  1. Toyman

    Yearly "Open Trail by Date" Graph

    That's right, I never got over to D5 as most trails were late and limited. Planned a RAP tour again this year but never did it due to trails on west side of park. I will use this data to help book next years trips.
  2. Toyman

    Yearly "Open Trail by Date" Graph

    Thanks for tracking, I really enjoy this kind of statistical data. On my personal note, you should try and get out a little more, you deserve it!
  3. Toyman

    Covid-19 Ends Snowmobile Season PLEASE READ

    Sad to cancel my end season northern trip that is/was a highlight. Endurance was up and ready for some long extended day rides. I'm not surprised this happened, it's all in line with everything else, doing their part to reduce the spread, flatten the curve and all. Time to store and dream of the upcoming powersports season! Farewell to a pretty good 19/20 season, thanks to all who worked so hard to make it all possible!
  4. Toyman

    Summerizing routine

    It hopefully is too early, but after the heavy rain and continued light rain to follow the trails around here are going to take a beating. Looks like the only option will be heading north now. Time to load the trailer.
  5. Toyman

    Summerizing routine

    In no particular order: The normal washing, cleaning, detailing, fuel treatment part. Change engine (4S thing) and gear oil and adjust tension. Pull the skid and remove all bearings to check, replace or repack with fresh grease, touch up paint as required, and reinstall with loosened track. Depending on mileage I will check all other bearings to replace or repack as well. Remove and wash belt. Retorque studs. Check all fasteners and inspect hoses, lube cables and silicon all rubber. Remove tension on all springs, noting preload measurements and store on lift in garage. I believe having the weight off of the springs is important and easy to do. I do a lot of solo riding so don't want to have any trouble on the trail because I didn't notice something that was preventable.
  6. Toyman

    Barry's Bay - Golden Lake Yellow

    Was on B101A from Pembroke B trail, good but groomer turned off or came from the 122, which is still closed. B102 from Golden Lake to Barry's Bay was recently groomed but still had small washboard surface. Much better than on Monday when it was trashed. I then enjoyed great trails on E109, 168, 175, 173 and fresh groom on B106E. The B was fresh groomed from Whitney to Madawaska but trashed from there to Barry's Bay. I returned on 155 to B back to Pembroke. Great day out and was surprised at the total of 355 kms! Almost all great trails make a big difference! Enjoy the weekend!
  7. Toyman

    Ride Your Side

    I will disagree with this center safest statement Ox. I always believe if you consistently ride tight to the right then you have no steering ajustment when you meet oncoming sleds. All your focus goes to reducing speed and signaling only, with no tricky last second steering corrections. I believe if you adjust your speed to match your ability to hold tight right, especially on left turns, then you're truly in control of your sled and riding the safest. I know my style of riding is precision control with speed, not taking the fastest line corner to corner like many others. I like to take advantage of the full width of the trail and utilize the full value of my right side only trail pass. I didn't get the pass that others seem to have bought that allow crossing back and forth all over the trail. The majority of the trails I travel are tight and twisty with so many blind corners and hills that I'd estimate conservatively 500 on a typical days ride. I believe if you sometimes travel the center and cut corners, then you get comfortable with being there and think you can see oncoming traffic and won't get surprised. If you're never there then you can't be in the wrong position, ever! I also believe if everyone rode their side, even on the rail beds and fields then the center would not get hammered by every sled and extending the trail surface 50% longer. Only one close call yesterday on the B coming from Pembroke heading to Barry's Bay. Lead had lightning quick reflexes and adjusted but second was wide eyed and stuggling. There was so much more trail for them to use but I was the first sled they met. I pride myself on being in the safest position when I ride which I'd estimate at 95% of the time. I have only had to move over more than 5" a handful of times in all my riding over the last 8 yrs. I think the majority of occasional riders shift to oncoming traffic more than that each time their out! Not acceptable! I hope I see more of these "RIDE THE RIGHT" signs around. It's a clear and (the most) important message! Time to hit the trails again now, with my wife this time. See you on the other side of the trail please.
  8. Toyman

    Ride Your Side

    I have seen several of these signs around district 6 and it is nice to see them. I am interested in seeing the effect they might have. Easy to read and understand so should work. I have so ofter enjoyed the right edge by carving the groomer lines that most miss by cutting the shortest path between corners. I like to take advantage of these unused portions and believe people do not know how to set their sleds up for optimal handling. I think these signs will make a difference! Time will tell.
  9. Toyman

    Parking in Pembroke

    Another place I see used is on Stencils Rd just past the weight scale. It's off of Hwy 48 (Round Lake Rd) just past Alice. This parking fits several trailers and is right on the B trail. Great if your heading West on the B.
  10. Toyman

    Borrowing a sled - Moral dilemma

    When I first got in to sledding in 2011 I borrowed from a friend who offered, and I took him up on it a couple of times. Put more mileage on his sled than he did! Always returned it cleaner and full of gas. Didn't know much about what could go wrong but he new I would be good for anything that did. I guess I was just lucky because it was a 2 stroke triple at the 10k km mark. Since then I have loaned my spare 4 strokes to a friend as I knew there would be no engine issues. He did several trips with me totalling more than 4k kms. I think you need to have a conversation prior to any loan to explain all expectations and the current condition of the equipment prior and post loan. Anything to do with money ruins friendship, have the talk prior.
  11. Toyman

    I see some yellow..

    I see we're at 478 kms now! Just had a nice blizzard of snow this aft to cover the ice around here. Can't wait to get started this year ?!?! Looks like I might have the first ride around the Liskeard area. Just studded the track yesterday which was the last thing I needed to do to be ready to go for the season.
  12. Toyman

    Brake Safety Helmet

    Very interesting! I use the small LED helmet light in my BV2S (2xAA) and it helps with visibility. The Oxygen light is brighter and wired like a regular electric visor helmet but both are not tied to braking. This SDB III looks like it would be split into your visor cord and would be a great addition to any electric visor helmet. Tied to braking is not a priority, being seen is!
  13. Toyman

    Griffith Club needs help

    This is just over an hours drive away for me. I got to ride through there a couple of times this season and was laughing as I blasted up some of the best tight twisty hills around. I think I'll head down to their meeting and volunteer to at least help with their trails.
  14. Toyman

    Snow tracker carbides

    Highly recommended! Ran them on multiple Yamaha sleds with single keel tuners. Have got 12,000+ kms on some sets. They stay sharp as they wear down. Did have one issue with an earlier season rock that broke the front portion of one carbide on the Venture GT that caused a quick uneven wear out. Have run the dual runner Snowtrackers as well on the Viper with Tuner 3's for 5,800 kms and they survived some terrible gravel and road running this season. They are trickier to install as you have to drill two holes in each ski and alignment is critical. Believe the fuel mileage went down a little from a not perfect install. Handling is always excellent, and set up is easy as you start with the 0 ski preload and adjust your center shock to get the handling you want. Expensive, but you won't be disappointed!
  15. You had me for a minute Blake! Then I looked at your mileage and location. This is the kind of post I'd expect from someone down south who didn't trailer to ride and failed to get out this great season. I was sad to wash up the truck, trailer and sleds today. Hard to end the season when we just got a foot of fresh snow on our closed trails and there's still open trails up north. Nice to see a sense of humour!